For a brief while, Blaise Matuidi was a Manchester United target, and still appears to be according to some ever sporadic reports.
No one seems to know whether the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is an alternative for or a complimentary signing to go with Paul Pogba, but the Premier League club have been heavily linked with José Mourinho’s club.
Certain L’Equipe journalists were saying at the beginning of the month the player could be available for ‘as little as €25m’, and everyone got a bit excited.
It’s all gone a bit quiet since, but the rumours linking him with a move away from the French capital refuse to go away, not helped in the slightest by new Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery.
Speaking during his side’s preseason, the Spanish manager hinted at a possible Matuidi exit, which all started when the French side signed Grzegorz Krychowiak from Sevilla.
He said: “There are a lot of midfielders in the squad and we could, at one point, find ourselves in a situation where the player (Matuidi) could leave.”
Le Parisien on Monday report that if he were to leave, the Premier League would be his favoured destination, mostly because they would be the only league capable of affording his £167k/week wages.
However, with N’Golo Kanté gone to Chelsea and Paul Pogba allegedly on his way to Manchester United, his options are becoming more and more limited.
Currently on holiday following France’s run to the 2016 Euro finals, the player is expected to report back for training next Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean he won’t move in August.